Employee Onboarding at Dynamo

Sam Colby
Sam Colby
Nov 24, 2016 · 5 min read
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Pre-first day Trello board

A week prior to my first day, I was sent a couple of welcome emails, and a link to join a Trello board. The Trello board included getting some of the logistical tasks out of the way. As I went through submitting all my forms, reading through company literature, enrolling and setting up my accounts, I stumbled upon a column on the Trello board entitled ‘Who’s who’.

First day

The Trello board also included what to expect on my first day, what I would be doing, with who, and what needed to be accomplished. After arriving to my assigned desk equipped with the tools needed to get going, getting office and neighbourhood tours, having lunch with my mentor, and a set of predetermined tasks that I could complete, I was ready to get to it!

First week

My wariness in starting a new job lied with the idea that I wouldn’t be a productive part of the company. In the past when starting a new job, I always felt as if I was more of a burden to those around me, trying to ‘look busy’ for 8 hrs, mustering up the courage to interrupt someone to see if they ‘needed help’. What I liked most about my previous job, was my high involvement in everyday affairs. At Dynamo, I feared feeling isolated for an extended period of time, until I could prove myself and gain the trust of my new coworkers and bosses.

Keys to onboarding success

Here are the three things that I appreciated most about about my onboarding at Dynamo, that you could replicate in your company:

1. Predictability

My new job journey was mapped out just enough that I was able to properly prepare to take ownership of my new role from the very first day.

2. A list of short/long term tasks to complete independently

This allowed me to feel productive and autonomous during the first few weeks, and to settle in without disrupting the workflow. Above all, I felt part of the team right off the bat.

3. Multiple chances to discuss and review my role within the first six months

Predetermined formal meetings were scheduled 1 week, 30 days, 60 days, 90 days and 6 months from my start date. Being able to check-in so frequently during the first six months showed Dynamo’s investment in hiring me, but also encouraged a collaborative effort to assure I was filling the role they needed and they were properly supporting me to do it.

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